Empower U. is a learning organization that strives to continuously support children, families, and communities through providing innovative and sustainable empowerment and therapeutic programming.
Empower U. seeks to empower through being empowered first. We empower our community resource providers by offering a unique course of intensive training, development, and continuing education programming so that they may, in turn, empower children and families in execution of their service to them. It is our goal to partner with competent, caring, and well-trained individuals who are responsive to the needs of our children, their families, and the communities we serve. Each Empower U. counselor meets, if not exceeds, the State educational and training requirements for the service level that they provide. Our agency provides community resource partners with career training and development, a supportive work environment, and knowledgeable leadership and direction. We strive to create an eco-system that is rich in communication and support to spark the kind of innovation that translates provider field experiences into service and programming opportunities offered through Empower U. – thus increasing our value proposition to the children and families that we serve.
Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Empower U. offers respite care services to children with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the State of New Jersey. These services are designed to provide supervision so families raising children with autism can rest and recharge while the needs of the youth are met by our supports.
We offer 3 distinct respite care types that can be flexibly applied to meet the needs of each child and family we serve.
Agency Hired Respite
Agency hired respite is more of a personal one to one service for children whose needs may range from mentoring through assistance with activities of daily living.
Agency Weekend Recreation
Agency weekend recreation is designed get children out into the community to engage others and participate in physical or recreational activities in a group setting. Transportation and activity costs included.
Agency After School
Agency after school is currently hosted at our Youth Empowerment Suite at the eco- and social service friendly Kearny Point development in Kearny, NJ. After school offers a variety of learning opportunities to assist children with gross and fine motor skill development, socialization and social decision making skills, and coping skills. Older participants (16 and older) may be eligible for supported employment internships in preparation for the mainstream workforce. Lunch/Snack/or Dinner, activity/trip cost, and transportation included.
Intensive In-Community service is a home and/or community-based intervention provided by a licensed clinician, specialized in servicing children, adolescents, and young adults. This service is offered to assist at-risk youth ages 5-21 and their families in overcoming and successfully managing the obstacles of a range of emotional, social, and/or behavioral concerns. Our professional and experienced clinicians are held to the highest standard and offer individualized treatment plans tailored to the youth and family. These services are geared to offer stability and support in order to prevent potential need for higher level of services.
Intensive In-Home (IIH) service is a home and/or community-based intervention provided by a licensed clinician (IIH-C) or behaviorist (IIH-B), specialized in servicing children, adolescents, and young adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. IIH providers are trained to address and treat the potential diagnosis of co-occurring mental health challenges. This service is offered to assist at-risk youth under the age of 21 years old and their families in overcoming and successfully managing the behavioral, social, academic, adaptive, and emotional challenges associated with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Genetic Disorders. Our professional and experienced clinicians are held to the highest standard and offer individualized treatment plans tailored to the youth and family. These services are geared to offer stability and support in order to prevent potential need for higher level of services.
Behavioral Assistant (BA) service is a home and/or community-based intervention provided by a certified professional, specialized in servicing at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults aged 5-21 and their families. BA’s work in conjunction with a licensed clinician providing coinciding IIC or IIH services. BA’s assist in executing treatment goals established by the licensed clinician and family to address and assist the family in the management of a range of behavioral, social, or emotional needs. The BA role is flexible to meet the diverse needs of the youth and family.
Mentor services are provided to collaborate with youth and their families with the goal of providing support as a positive role model to at-risk youth ages 4-21 years old. Mentors provide a positive outlet for children, adolescents, and young adults offering inspiration, guidance, and encouragement with the goal of leading youth to their fullest potential.
Biopsychosocial Needs Assessment (BPS NA)
The Biopsychosocial Needs Assessment (BPS NA) is an assessment tool conducted by a licensed clinician to determine treatment needs and treatment planning for a range of mental health services provided to at-risk youth and their families. The assessment is completed within the home or community setting and considers the youth’s functioning across a variety of life domains. This assessment is necessary for children entering the Children’s System of Care and is one of the first steps in initiating services.
Our specialized clinicians offer services grounded in evidenced based practice to promote the highest potential for growth, change and hope to all we serve. Because the Empower U. team is composed of vast and diverse variety with regard to professional orientation, clinical approach, area of expertise, and personal attributes, we pride ourselves in our ability to hand select a clinician best suited to match the needs and unique characteristics of each youth and their family.
Last Updated: 09/05/19